We watched the Google product announcement in San Francisco where the company unveiled the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google Lens, new Daydream View VR equipment, new Google Home mini, Google Home Max, Google Pixel Buds, Google Clips, a Pixelbook, and a comprehensive inclusion of AI in every device.
Here are some leaks from earlier in the week to get you caught up.
We hope you watched the event alongside us in this post. Now it’s our archive of the best of Google’s announcements.
Event Started at 9:00am PDT 10/4/17.
Where to Watch:
Here’s the YouTube link.
Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL:
- Bluetooth 5.0 support
- available in two sizes (5″ and 6″ XL)
- colors available: Pixel 2: kinda blue, just black, and clearly white Pixel 2 XL: just black, and black and white
- Pixel 2 XL screen is pOLED QHD+ 18:9, circular polarizers
- both phones Daydream and VR ready
- on device ML (data not sent to Google)
- newly optimized screens that always keep search bar even when swiping through apps and widgets
- Squeezing the phone activates Google Assistant
- Phones can broadcast to smart home devices
- Onboard assistant can finally manage podcasts.
- Pixel 2 $649 Preorder 10/4
- Pixel 2 XL $849 Preorder 10/4
- Comes with a free Google Home Mini
Pick up text, images, and tidbits from the world around you and combine it with Google AI to extrapolate details.
- 95% accurate at recognizing objects even in noisy images.
Google AR and ARCore
- AR Stickers to play with (add characters from shows, sports, and more into the world around you)
- Games like League of Legends available
- 60fps rendering
Pixel 2 Camera
- Highest score of any smartphone camera (98 on DXOMARK Mobile)
- Dual pixel recognition (each pixel has two perspectives captured)
- Portrait mode available on both sides of camera
- For video, fuze video stabilization can correct capture during and after videos are taken
- 4K HD
- ML enhanced camera that takes photos for you (aimed at capturing candid photos)
- Allows you to be in the moment as the camera learns how to capture the best moments.
- $249 USD preorder 10/4
Google Home Updates:
Google Smart Sound, Google Home Max
- 20 times more powerful than Google Home’s speaker
- can adapt sound balance to the room and your preferences using ML
- over time adapts to changes in environment (lower volume in the morning, higher volume during chores, etc.)
- supports Spotify, Google Play Music, and more
- Supports Cast, analog input, and more
- Google Assistant can hear you even when volume is super high
- Max adapts to whereever its positioned
- Available December 1st for $399 USD with a free 12 month YouTube Red subscription
Google Family Link
Google Broadcast now allows you to broadcast a message to all of the Google Home devices in your house.
By creating kid accounts, kids can manage their own data via Google Home.
Google Home can help kids learn by:
- telling stories
- playing games
- playing music
Google is Working With Nest Smart Home Devices
Google Home Mini
- available for order starting October 4th, 2017
- 360 degree sound
- new hands-free calling considers context
- smaller than a donut
- has assistant, maps, calendar, and music
Google Daydream View and VR:
- New free video content
- 250+ new VR titles available at launch
- $99 USD
Google Pixel Buds:
- Real-time translation feature (works with 40 languages)
- can control Assistant with Buds only
- case holds multiple charges (24hrs worth)
- colors: clearly white, kinda blue, and just black
- $159 USD preorder 10/4
- 10mm thick
- 1kg weight
- 12.3″ display
- Quad HD LCD
- backlit keys (AI helps lower palm rejection, more)
- i5 and i7 Intel processors
- 16mb RAM
- 10hrs of charge
- automatically tethers to your phone when Wi-Fi goes off
- automatic, multi-layered security and updates. Backsup to Google Drive.
- Google Assistant is built in
- $999 USD Preorders begin today, available October 24th.
Snapchat is available on Pixelbook and is designing a custom display for the device.
Circle photos, text, or video and Google Assistant will automatically offer additional information and links.
- 10ms latency
- 60 degrees of angular awareness
- 2,000+ levels of pressure sensitivity
- $99 USD Preorders begin today, available October 24th.
Pixel Buds – a new set of wireless headphones also launched by Google that can translate on the go! #MadeByGoogle
— Gadgets Now (@gadgetsnow) October 4, 2017
— chase wye (@nukie8wye) October 4, 2017
Pixel 2 Google Assistant can control podcasts… Finally.
— Tsai Rox (@tsairox) October 4, 2017
Mario Queiroz on stage to announce Google Pixel 2 and other smartphones.
— primo4k (@primo4k) October 4, 2017
Google’s Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker https://t.co/2vluXG3cKW
— For Tech Sake. (@ForTechSake) October 4, 2017
Diplo in a video promoting Google Home Max.
— Elizabeth McGathey (@EMcGathey) October 4, 2017
New kid accounts on Google Home means Google is paying attention to the little ones now, too. It can play games, tunes, and actually entertain kids (until they throw it across the room).
The Nest/Home collaboration is really taking the smart home to the next level.
You can use Assistant to control Nest home security, including by streaming video feeds through Google connected devices. Nest Hello can recognize who is at your front door, and Google Home devices will notify you.
Rishi says Assistant works with 1,000+ smart home products from over 100 brands. Will work with Nest thermostats.
Rishi back on to talk about how Assistant has gotten better. New routines and new actions for multiple users. Just by saying “good morning,” Google will help you initiate your morning routine.
google made an echo dot https://t.co/Fxt13wgrOj
— spooking my best (@dcseifert) October 4, 2017
Isabelle announces the Google Home Mini. Says it will be more useful in more places for more people. New 360 sound and it can be connected to any Chromecast speaker to pump it up a bit. Three colors available: coral, chalk, and charcoal.
Isabelle Olson is the lead designer for home. She’s on stage.
Combining other services like maps and search, Google Home can take cues to enhance hands-free calling.
“With your permission” Google Home has learned from over 50 million unique voices.
Rishi Chandra comes on to talk about Google Home.
Unveil the Google pixel 2 already
— Pablito (@Oga_ba) October 4, 2017
Rick says Pixel’s AI helps correct videos and pictures. So far, that’s the same tune as Apple. Also, Pixel (while I love it) takes awful photos.
Rick laments that new smartphones are basically all the same. Could Google’s really be that different?
Google WiFi the #1 selling mesh router in US and Canada. Google Assistant can answer 100 million + new questions.
Google is enjoying the feedback from their 2016 devices as they tease the newest line.
Apple: "We are the most innovative company in the world."
— Product Hunt (@ProductHunt) October 4, 2017
Rick Osterloh comes on stage.
9:10am PDT: Auto ML: Google’s AI platform that builds its own ML platforms while being curated by Google AI scientists.
Google’s “AI First” approach is very interesting. I’d really like to see where this goes #madebygoogle
— Milk (@MagicMisterMilk) October 4, 2017
9:05am PDT: Sundar Pichai is talking about how they are using AI to make multiple products and services better, including Google Street View.
“Computers should adapt to how people live their lives.”
4 core attributes:
- People should be able to converse with AI.
- AI and computing should be ambient “there when you need it.”
- AI should be thoughtfully contextual. I.e. for a gym rat in a new city, Google will have the right gyms ready for you.
- AI should learn and adapt constantly.
— TechnoMunch (@theTechnoMunch) October 4, 2017
To kill Apple all Google needs to do is not price your phone at 900+. Don’t do it Google. pic.twitter.com/RKcTAENW0V
— spooky 🎃 (@MikeYoong48) October 4, 2017
— The Verge (@verge) October 4, 2017